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Together we can end hate in football

Poor behaviour in football is increasing. Prejudice is on the rise. All forms of discrimination – including racist, sexist and homophobic abuse – is ruining our game.

We’re targeting discriminatory abuse in all its forms with a range of punishments.

Tell us when it happens, and we’ll tackle it. Together we can put an end to discrimination in the grassroots game.


What counts as hate?

In grassroots football, hate is the expression of discrimination through verbal abuse, insulting gestures and prejudicial behaviour. Racism, sexism and homophobia are the most common reported incidents, but we are targeting all forms of discriminatory behaviour. Watch the video to find out more.

What are the punishments?

We will take action against those who ruin the game for others. We’re absolutely clear about this. The action comes in the form of punishments for those players, clubs and supporters who behave in discriminatory ways.

Players will be removed from play
Players will be suspended for games
Clubs can have points deducted
Clubs can have their ground closed
Spectators will be asked to leave

How do I report hate?

You’ll be making a big difference by reporting abusive behaviour whenever you see it or hear it. This can be reported at any time, even after the match has finished. To make this easy, here are four ways of telling us:

To report a discriminatory incident to The FA click here

To report a discriminatory incident to Kick It Out click here

How do I report hate?

What support is available?

If you are a victim of discriminatory abuse, we make specialist support available to you. Funded by The FA, this a range of mental health and emotional well-being services delivered by the charity Sporting Chance.

You will have access to between one and six counselling sessions, with extra sessions considered on an exceptional basis. These are face-to-face within 45 minutes of where you live, or by online platforms. Sessions:

start with an assessment of how the incident has affected you, followed by a confidential and safe talking space with a skilled therapist.
then focus on assisting you in contextualising the incident in the context of your broader life.
will be followed by teaching on self-care.

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